New round of storms causes more trouble across southeast Texas

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Another round of strong thunderstorms is bringing more torrential rain to already-saturated streets across the Houston area.

Right now, a there's a Flash Flood Warning for Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston and Harris counties until 1am. One for Austin, Fort Bend and Wharton counties is in effect until 12:15am.

A Tornado Watch is in effect for Matagorda County until 2am.

Flooding is a problem across the Houston area.

In La Porte, emergency managers say about 40 homes have taken on about a half-foot of water, and another 25 reported up to 2 inches of water.

Inside the 610 Loop, several cars were flooded out in the city of Bellaire and West University. Impassable water also was reported on the Southwest Freeway at Spur 527, bringing highway traffic to a crawl.

In the Stafford area, dozens of cars were stalled out.

"This is crazy," Houstonian Rebecca Garza said.

More than a few good Samaritans helped push cars to higher ground after they became stuck on West Belfort. We caught a number of customers at the McDonald's who have been waiting for the water to recede for sometime now. And then there were others who became so frustrated they figured they'd just leave on foot.

"This rain is like too much. I don't know what's going on. It's been raining all week and this is not getting any better," Houstonian Johnny Rhodes said.

A check with Fort Bend County law enforcement resulted in no other road flooding of this magnitude. There is a report of very strong winds.

High water also was reported on Highway 288 near Brays Bayou, as well as around Friendswood High School.

Some damage was reported around town, too.

The National Weather Service says the weather in Brazoria County is so bad that a circus tent at the Angleton Fairgrounds collapsed. In the Rice Military area, a scaffolding at a townhome construction site plunged to the ground.

CenterPoint Energy says the storms also knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers.

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